Summer is almost upon us, but in this day and age many of us do not have the luxury of taking a vacation. This means that we are left feeling pretty run down while others come back glowing and refreshed after weeklong holidays. Well, I have got the solution, a mental vacation. Here’s the best part, there’s absolutely no way you don’t have the time and money! Only have a weekend and limited funds, no problem, only have a couple hours of free time each evening, no problem. Here are three ways to take a much needed mental vacation this summer.
Now I know this is easier said than done. However, if you have been running yourself ragged juggling things like work, school, or family disconnecting and unplugging is important. Getting away from answering emails, browsing social media, and all things electronic can not only be totally freeing, but it can also ease the overstimulation and anxiety we often feel with our heightened consumption of technology.
2. Self Care
As women we are socialized to take on nurturing characteristics that often put our needs dead last behind everyone else. So taking time out specifically to do something for ourselves is imperative to taking a true mental vacation. Whether it’s simply watching a film you love, finally getting around to reading the book you bought, or even spending an evening giving yourself the spa treatment at home, it is necessary to treat yourself.
This may seem like a no brainer, but actually taking the time out to rest can be harder than you imagined. Think about it, I’m sure at any given moment you can create a laundry list of things you should be doing with your time. When going on a mental vacation it is important that you push these things far from your mind so that you can truly rest. A great tip for this is to write down the things you need to do, almost like purging them from your mind. It is important to remember that rest looks different for everyone. For some rest means catching up on the sleep they are not often able to get, while on the other hand it can mean spending time in deep meditation. Whatever, your idea of rest may be, just include it in your mental vacation.
Now, go enjoy some much earned alone time!